cel·e·brate (verb) - - to observe (a day) or commemorate (an event) with ceremonies or festivities - to make known publicly; proclaim - to praise widely or to present to widespread and favorable public notice Note: Definition was taken from dictionary.com Remember that very first meeting with your students? Some were shy, others were excited, and many were nervous. Think about how they've grown. Do they pronounce words better? Are they reading more fluently? Has their comprehension improved? These are just a few of the ways your investment has impacted the lives of the students you've been reading with and it's time to celebrate! We have so much to celebrate and celebrating is important because it honors the efforts [...]
Every school, each Literacy Partner paired with two students, on a specific day, at a specific time is how the Education Connection story is being written...one book a time!I Author Kate DiCamillo shares with us how the power of words impacted her life as a young child. As you watch, be encouraged in knowing that your time, energy, and commitment could literacy change a student's life.
20 Ways to Encourage Reading reprinted with permission from Reading is Fundamental (RIF). This list was originally printed in the RIF Parent Guide Brochure. 1. Scout for things your children might like to read. Use their interests and hobbies as starting points. 2. Leave all sorts of reading materials including books, magazines, and colorful catalogs in conspicuous places around your home. 3. Notice what attracts your children’s attention, even if they only look at the pictures. Then build on that interest; read a short selection aloud, or simply bring home more information on the same subject. 4. Let your children see you reading for pleasure in your spare time. 5. Take your children to the library regularly. Explore the [...]
Reading is an integral part of learning. Students spend their first few years in school learning to read and the remainder of their academic careers they are reading in order to learn. Reading Rockets published a helpful article that outlines the top ten things you should know about reading... 1. Too many American children don't read well 2. An achievement gaps exists 3. Learning to read is complex 4. Teachers should teach with the end goal in mind 5. Kids who struggle usually have problems sounding out words 6. What happens before school matters a lot 7. Learning to read is closely tied to learning to talk and listen 8. Without help, struggling readers continue to struggle 9. With help, struggling readers [...]
The beginning of a new year is a fresh start, just like a new book, except this book comes with 365 blank pages. This time of year is a time of making resolutions and determining how we want to focus our efforts over the next twelve months. According to Dictionary.com, Resolution (n.) - a resolve; a decision or determination; the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, etc. Simply put, resolutions are decisions to act. Education Connection's Resolutions for 2019 include: Strong final push recruiting volunteers through early February Explore additional partnerships to best support the mission of Education Connection Secure Church partnerships for schools Turning resolutions into reality can be accomplished by focused efforts directed at specific goals. Focus [...]
Welcome to 2020, a new year...and a new decade! As we shift into the newness that comes with a new year it is important to look at our goals. Defining Goals There are two types of goals; short term and long term goals. Short term goals are those goals that are able to be accomplished in 6 months or less. Long term goals are goals that take 6 months or longer to accomplish. Another important factor in considering and making goals is the S.M.A.R.T goal method. The S.M.A.R.T. acronym stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timeframe. These factors provide a filter that helps make goal setting productive and successful. The S.M.A.R.T. goal method brings up questions such as, [...]